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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Autumn 1996

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal exploring Bible interpretation, theology, church history, and other disciplines as they address a biblical view of women’s equality and justice in the home, church, and world.

"Priscilla and Aquila instructed Apollos more perfectly in the way of the Lord." (Acts 18:26)

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Priscilla Papers Autumn 1996 Volume 10 Issue 4

Autumn 1996

Volume: 10 | Number: 4

The Role of Family in Scripture

This issue includes a look at the Inclusive Language Edition of the NIV bible, A study of Acts, an article about the strong character of Samson’s mother, and observations on Judges 13.


New International Version: Inclusive Language Edition
By: David M. Scholer | October 31, 1996
We live in a time in the USA when American English has changed and is changing “right before our eyes.” One of the major changes involves the use of inclusive language with reference to men and women.

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God’s All-Inclusive Family Policy: Acts 1:12-14; 2:1-4, 17-21
By: CBE International | October 31, 1996
It is interesting to see how many times the word “all” occurs in the opening verses of the book of Acts. After identifying those who were included in the early followers of Jesus in the first chapter of Acts, we read in verse 14, “They all joined together constantly in prayer.” 

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The Strong Character of Samson’s Mother
By: Arthur H. Lewis | October 31, 1996
Few women of history show the strength of character and “spunk” of this Hebrew wife and mother from the twelfth century B.C. She was called like Sarah, Hannah and the Virgin Mary, to give birth to one of the great men of ancient times. But she models fir modern women more than just the [...]

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From a Pastor's Notebook: Male-Female Themes in Judges 13-16
By: Robb C. Palmer | October 31, 1996
When Yahweh appears, he appears not to “the male head” but to me woman (v. 3)! If Manoah is the spiritual head, why doesn’t God work through him? Instead, God deals directly with her. God gives her a theology lesson about the boy—as though she is the primary raiser [...]

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More on the Roles of Women in Antiquity
By: Craig Keener | October 31, 1996
Evangelical egalitarians often argue that the biblical writers were progressive in their day. It may therefore be helpful to survey some male views about women in the general period in which the New Testament was being written. We should keep in mind that the New Testament writers were not the only progressive voices [...]

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The Challenge of the Open Door: A Ministry for Lost Sheep
By: Elvera Corben | October 31, 1996
Hearing ambulance sirens was nothing out of the ordinary when I worked as a nurse in the emergency department in Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital. But, although I didn’t know it at the time, the sirens blaring one day were signaling a major change in my life. Through the emergency doors came a [...]

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From My Point of View: Meditation on Luke 7:36-50
By: Vernon Keith Rempel | October 31, 1996
She had bound her hair into a tight, black knot. But now the dark curling tresses are loose, cascading onto Jesus’ wet feet, and all around Simon’s dining room the meal turns to stone. The trouble is, she is a sinner. Not a private sinner with sins of the heart, suitable for repentance [...]

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Women Caught in Conflict
By: Frances Hiebert | October 31, 1996
Groothuis clearly defines and describes Evangelical Feminism in contrast to other forms of feminism and in distinction from "traditionalism." Two other areas treated in the book make significant contributions from my point of view. One is the historical evidence that the church has accepted in its view of the role of women from the culture, [...]

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My Daughter a Preacher!?!
By: James R. Beck | October 31, 1996
While this book does not explore new territory regarding the issue of women in ministry, it does serve a useful purpose: This is an ideal book to give your pastor, especially if he is straddling the fence on this issue. One pastor speaking to other pastors can have a powerful impact.

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